Joe Marler has announced his retirement from international rugby after pulling out of England’s latest squad. Marler withdrew from head coach Eddie Jones’ training squad for the autumn internationals on Sunday and the Rugby Football Union [RFU] confirmed his absence was due to personal reasons, but provided no further details.
The 28-year-old has now confirmed he will no longer be available for England selection.
“Being with England you have to spend an incredible amount of time away and I could not do that any more,” he said.
“It is an incredible commitment to play rugby for England and I strongly believe that if you are unable to give yourself fully to it then it is time to step away – otherwise it would not be fair on the team, or my family.
“It has been an honour and a privilege to represent my country and of course this has been a very difficult decision to make.”
The 28-year-old will continue to play for Harlequins in the Premiership.
Uncapped Exeter Chiefs prop Ben Moon, 29, replaced Marler in the training squad and Jones will name his final squad for the November Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia next month.
Marler made his England debut six years ago and has 59 caps in total.